Monthly Archives: November 2014

Diasyrmus

Diasyrmus (di’-a-syrm-os): Rejecting an argument through ridiculous comparison.

Claiming that you shot your mother because her smile irritated you is like claiming you sawed your foot off because you had a blister.

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).

Diazeugma

Diazeugma (di-a-zoog’-ma): The figure by which a single subject governs several verbs or verbal constructions (usually arranged in parallel fashion and expressing a similar idea); the opposite of zeugma.

I couldn’t find my needle because my metal detector’s battery was dead, the haystack was on fire, and I was drunk.

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Dicaeologia

Dicaeologia (di-kay-o-lo’-gi-a): Admitting what’s charged against one, but excusing it by necessity.

A: Did you take my mother’s ashes off the fireplace mantle?

B: Yes, but I was forced to do it by our house cleaner. He refused to “dust the dead” and told me if I didn’t get the ashes out of the house immediately and forever he would quit right on the spot. I panicked. I had no choice.  I picked up the urn, ran out to the garage and put your mother’s ashes on the shelf alongside the mole repellent. I know your mother would like that.  She was so fond of furry little critters. Remember the time Spotty brought home the little wriggly bleeding vole when your mom was visiting from . . .

A: You call that an excuse? It sounds more like the beginning of an episode of “American Horror Story.” What are you going to tell me next, that you’re going to enjoy choking on the bag of used kitty litter out on the back porch?

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).